What are you feeding your pet?
The list of ingredients printed by law on every bag of food is the best source of information for you as the person responsible for your pet’s health. Ingredients are listed in order of their volume percentages. Compare the ingredients and decide for yourself. Look for a natural pet food that contains the hallmarks of a high-quality food and none of the hallmarks of a low-quality one. Good nutrition will contribute to a healthy coat, good energy level, balanced temperament and good overall health.
We have set high standards and guidelines for our selection of food at Masters ‘n Dogs specialty, but no one cares more for your pet(s) than you. Always ask questions regardless where you buy your food. Your pet cannot determine which food are a better quality and/or healthier choice. This responsibility falls on you as the owner and primary caregiver for your pet.
Protein and Carbohydrates
Cats are carnivores but, like wolves and lions, dogs are opportunistic carnivores that thrive on diets that are almost exclusively meat-based with very few carbohydrates. Their digestive systems are designed to handle large amounts of meat and fat. It is logical that most would do better on high protein, meat concentrated diets that match their natural biological needs. Today, dog and cat nutrition experts say that it is considered harmful to restrict protein as high levels of quality proteins ensure a wide spectrum of amino acids that are an essential part of your pets’ diet. Unused protein is naturally removed through normal bodily functions, unlike carbohydrates, which can adversely affect blood sugar levels since they are easily stored in the body as fat. Dogs and cats naturally consume less of a higher in protein food than they would any other commercial food as they feel fuller and retain more nutrients.
Their digestive tract is designed for short feasts and long famines—not constant grazing. Dogs have a short digestive tract that is one-third the length of an omnivore and designed for quick digestion of meat. They have difficulty digesting grains and other complex carbohydrates. Carnivores do not have digestive enzymes in their saliva, which helps break down complex carbohydrates. Most complex carbs pass through undigested and create large stools. High carb content contributes to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems in dogs and cats.
It is difficult to find unbiased research on the carbohydrate issue. Part of this is due to the fact that most research is funded by dog food companies and the dry foods from the cheaper brands contain mostly grains and poor quality ingredients to keep costs at their lowest. Note that with any change in your pet’s diet, a time factor of at least 6 to 8 weeks must be applied to allow the body to adjust and rid itself of toxins.
Masters N Dogs invites you to view this informative video by Petcurean and discover:
- The benefits of shopping at Pet Specialty stores
- How to read a nutrition label
- The difference in quality & serving sizes between economy and premium brands of pet food
Pet Health by info4yourlife